Wednesday, November 28, 2012


While the pictures may be pretty, today's story is a sad one.  When he was 2, my son Anders chose a favorite food...sushi.  Fourteen years later, he would eat it every single day if possible.  And he had a favorite sushi shop...a little restaurant named Bowl House.  Sadly, Bowl House recently served up its final fish, and needless to say, Anders was heartbroken.  Today, this post is my tribute to our beloved Japanese restaurant.  Bowl House was not a fancy restaurant.  Miso soup was served in little plastic bowls.  Sushi arrived on mismatched trays and platters.  My own table is a bit more structured.

What could be a better place to begin than my little bamboo table.  Won't some sushi look beautiful sitting on these simple white plates.

They'll act as a blank palette for the colorful fish.

Matching dipping bowls will hold soy sauce and wasabi.  For the non-sushi lovers (that would be me)...

...I'll be slurping noodles from these big gingko-covered soup bowls.   What Japanese meal would be complete without some tea,

which I will serve from this darling tea set, a gracious gift from my recent Thanksgiving guests.  I've set my tea cups upon this handmade glass tray...

...which would also make a fabulous sushi plate.

A beautiful yellow orchid is the final touch.  Bowl House was run by a charming gentleman, who I do believe enjoyed watching my kids grow up from sushi loving toddlers to teenagers who are actually quite fun to go out to dinner with.  Sadly, we did not even know his name...we just called him "the boss". Sayonara, dear Bowl House, and thank you for years and years of wonderful meals and memories we will never forget.  And a special thank you to this week's stand-in photographer, Sofie.  Don't worry Laura...the job is still yours!  Need some holiday ideas?  Please join me this week at the following parties:

Centerpiece Wednesday (The Style Sisters)Tabletop Thursday (Between Naps on the Porch)Feathered Nest Friday (French Country Cottage)Home Sweet Home Friday  (The Charm of Home)Potpourri Friday (2805)Seasonal Sundays (The Tablescaper)Let's Dish (Cuisine Kathleen)Open House Party (No Minimalist Here)

Take another year ago...Sketchy Santas.


  1. I totally understand the sadness you feel with the closing of a favored restaurant. We lost two of our favorite asian food restaurants years years ago and have still not regained footing! And then to add insult to injury, the restaurant where we dated and then had 36 anniversaries closed before our 37th... so very sad. Your tribute table is just wonderful. I love those white bowls. and the long white plates.. it's a lovely table.. xo marlis

  2. I love sushi and would be heartbroken if our favorite place closed. I love your table tribute! Everything is perfect. Dianne

  3. I don't eat sushi, but I am sorry your fave restaurant is closing!
    Thanks for linking to Let's Dish!

  4. Hi! I found you from Tablescaper and have become your newest follower. I have really enjoyed looking at your blog and all your pretty table settings. You've done a great job, I love them all.

  5. Very pretty! Love the table runner. Thank you for joining HSH!